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San Souci

by Barry Wedgle

I was traveling all over the world in the early 90's and these are some the things I was lucky enough to record mostly in Paris, France including the late great Mark Thompson, Steve Lacy & Bob Drewry . Also featuring Gearge Coleman to name a few. B.W.
Genre: Jazz: African Jazz
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1. Sato's House
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5:52 album only
2. Dance of the Butterfly
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5:32 album only
3. Arty's Song
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7:14 album only
4. Give and Take
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6:31 album only
5. In Your Dreams
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6:11 album only
6. Birds
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4:46 album only
7. Lucas's Song
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5:06 album only


Album Notes
San Souci

Exit Records#1003

1. Sato's House 5:34
Barry Wedgle-guitar Mark Thompson-keyboards
Rammond Duoumbe-electric bass
Brice Wassy-drums

2. Dance of the Butterfly
5:27 Barry Wedgle-guitar Mark Thompson-keyboards George Coleman-Tenor Saxophone Felix Saba-Lecco-drums Noel Equabee-electric bass John Spindler-Violin
Bob Drewery-keyboards Biboul Darouiche

3. Arty's Song 7:15 Barry Wedgle- guitars Alberto Rameriz-Engineer+machines

4. Give and Take 6:26 Barry Wedgle- guitars Dave Zino-electric Bass Alberto Rameriz- Engineer+machines

5.In Your Dreams 6:08 Barry Wedgle-guitar Mark Thompson-keyboards Rammond Doumbe- electric bass Flavia deMellow-purcussion

6.Birds 4:50 Barry Wedgle-guitar Steve Lacy-Soprano Saxophone Bob Drewery-keyboards

7.Lucas' Song 5:02 Barry Wedgle-guitar Mark Thompson-keyboards Noel Equabee-electric bass Biboul Darouiche-drums
Tracks 1&2 written in Tokyo, Japan-recorded in Paris France at Art Sound Studio.

Track 3 was written in Denver Colorado and recorded at Art Sound Studio in Paris France. Track 4 was recorded in Cali Colombia by Alberto Ramrirez.. Track 5 was written in New York City & recorded in Paris France at Art Sound Studio. Track 6 was written in Boulder Colorado and recorded at Art Sound Studio in Paris France. Track 7 was written in Bangkok Thailand and recorded at Art Sound Studio.
Special thanks to Mike Ellis, Jeff F. Kellner, Mathew Russell, Steve Lacy, Flavia de Mellow, Rosa Pasos & Kizam Gama.
en I was in Jerry Granelli's band he needed some new tunes we needed some new material so he gave us assignments as we were his underlings. My assignment was to write eight chords so I did it enthusiastically so much that I also wrote a simple melody and did it enthusiastically. That's one of the fun things about an improvisational band. One never knows what to expect and Granelli was an expert at the element of surprise. He was the Creskin of free music. He'd pull a rabbit out of his hat by hireing the most surprisingly unusual people for example he hired Lemuel Whitney Eisenwinter on the 'Singin' Ironing Board' (better known as the Pedal Steel Guitar). In a free improvisational band this instrument had never been used to my knowledge before and because it's such an unusual choice (except for Country Western or Hawaiian music) it sounded right out of a Harry Parch selection. Lem was fearless. At first I hated the sound but it grew on me.
Anyway I wrote these eight chords and I liked them so much that I shared them with Steve Lacy many years later and he liked it so we recorded it on 'San Souci' on my label Exit Records and he did his usual superb interpretation of my song and went up an octave the last chorus above the Sopranos register which is amazing. I can see why he won Down Beat Magazine poll's 1st place for Soprano Saxophone seven years in a row. Then we recorded the late great Bob Drewery playing keyboard synth parts which I wrote and conducted at the studio. I recorded tons of stuff in that studio Art Sound Studio was the name. It no longer exists It was on the top of big rehearsal studio and most of the rooms were in use and you could hear all this scary noise coming out of these rooms. Mike Ellis and Matthew Russell we the owners of the studio. They were just open and needed clients and I needed a studio that I could make all my dreams come true in so my old friend gave me a good deal on studio time so it worked out great for myself and for lots musicians because it just so happened that Fumitoshi Sato had just given me the of about $50,000 dollars record a particular record with and so we were able to help Mike and Russell's studio get off the ground and we recorded some of the greatest musicians in Paris, first a slew of Brazilians that didn't quite work out with the exception on Kizam Gama, a great bass and guitar player form Rio. He used to work with Elis Regina before she died. Then thanks to Jean Francois Kellner a fantastic guitarist specializing in African music. He was on the road with Salif Kaita for years & also the late Matthew Russell we were able to get Noel Equabee-Known as Papa Noel or Santa Clause-bass player supreme, and Rammond Doumbe- another great electric bass player from Salif's band. Brice Wassy- rest Drummer, Biboul Darouiche-great drummer and percussionist (living and working in Germany now), Mark Thompson, one of the greatest musicians that I have ever had the pleasure of being in his presents of playing keyboards which was not his instrument but he seemed to make anything his instrument. He was a concert pianist. This guy didn't have a telephone book. This was way before cell phones. He would remember hundreds, maybe thousands of numbers by the sound of those fast beeps. He was a true genius and an expert chess player also. I think that's how he made most of his money is from pick up chess games in the parks. He would take any kind of gig. Denzel Washington was having a party at his house in California and he flew Mark out just for the party. He could hear something once and play it no matter how complicated. I will never in my life be in the presence of such greatness in this life time. He met with his untimely death by turbulence in an airplane and it was so severe that he came down on the arm rest and burst his spleen and soon after died in his early 40's. A great tragedy. I miss him. We used to play chess with him when I could talk him into it. I never did beat beat him. (I beat Mal Waldron once, and he was good but he was no Mark Thompson. The strange thing about Mark was he is on very few recordings, in fact San Souci might be the only time his playing was captured, Maybe he recorded a record with Chicko Freeman). San Source also has a short 24 bar solo by the great George Coleman whom played Tenor Saxophone with the Miles Davis quintet among many others. We cornered him in Paris and stole him away for an afternoon. Also Felix Saba-Lecco on drums is on this record who was larger than life and of course John Spindler on Violin who drank vodka during his recording time which didn't bother me he would sneak it and it was very weird. This was San Souci.


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